For The Good Times

David Keenan


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2 January 2020
ISBN: 9780571340521
368 pages

From the publisher

WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD 2020 From the author of This Is Memorial Device. 'A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.' i Independent 'An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.' Literary Review 'Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.' Scotland on Sunday Belfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to 'the cause' can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.